The University of Iowa is joining the NSF I-Corps Hub: Great Lakes Region as a partner institution.
On Sept. 8, the National Science Foundation announced the expansion of the National Innovation Network. This included several new hubs across the country and the addition of partner institutions to existing hubs, including the University of Iowa to the Great Lakes Hub.
Previously, the University of Iowa offered I-Corps programming as an I-Corps site. Since 2015, 182 I-Corps teams have been trained, with 11 going on to the National NSF I-Corps Teams program. Now, the university will join the hub and collaborate more closely with other hub institutions.
“We are excited for this new partnership with the Great Lakes I-Corps Hub and are confident that it will accelerate technology commercialization efforts at the University of Iowa,” said Lynn Allendorf, Director of Iowa JPEC in a news release.
The first five I-Corps Hubs were awarded in 2021, and each is expanding its reach this year by adding a new partner institution. The University of Iowa will join 10 existing university partners in the Great Lakes Hub, including Iowa State University.
“The NSF I-Corps Hub: Great Lakes Region is delighted to have the University of Iowa join us. By including the University of Iowa’s world-class research and talent, we will enhance our ability to create economic and societal impact from the ingenuity of Iowa’s scientific community,” said Jonathan Fay, Hub Director, NSF I-Corps Hub: Great Lakes Region.